Asked on Oct 3, 2017

What is the best way to remove popcorn ceilings??

CarolLin12195594Janet Pizaro
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  • Kim
    on Oct 3, 2017

    First make sure it is not asbestos! It's a simple Mail in test. I know that Home Depot carries them, I assume other places do as well.
    Once you determine that it is asbestos free, empty out your room. Cover all that can't be removed and your floors with plastic. This is gonna get messy! Cover door openings with overlapping sheets of plastic that you can use like a door.
    Spray your ceiling really well with water. A new pump bug/yard sprayer works great for this. Do not use a used one! Let water soak in and scrape down. Putty knives work great. If you have a floor scraper and a steady light hand, that works really well!
    When all scraped, use plastic to wrap up debris and haul out.
    **KEEP TEST RECORDS ON FILE!!!
    Disposing of asbestos into the trash is subject to fines and imprisonment.

    Hope that helps
    : )
  • Dti29595791
    on Oct 3, 2017

    I have seen it done by spraying it with water (a section at a time) and then scraping it with a very wide metal scraper. Another idea would be to simply cover it with thin drywall or embossed tin ceiling squares.
  • DesertRose
    on Oct 3, 2017

    The experts told us to cover the furniture and floor and scrape it off. We found duct taping the scraper to a shop vacuum saved a lot of mess! It takes a lot of elbow work, but it is not that hard to do. It is tedious and messy more than hard. Then you can paint the ceiling as you like. It will have a slight texture but ours looked real good.
  • 2dogal
    on Oct 3, 2017

    Spray with water, scrape off the popcorn. Put down a tarp on the floor as it is messy. Wear a mask! Old popcorn was made with asbestos and you do not want to breathe that!
  • Lin12195594
    on Oct 3, 2017

    Hire a professional, it  is a very messy job
  • Carol
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Not asbestos
    thanks
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